Senior Management Team
Director of Business Growth
In 2021, Janine became the first female director to lead the GC Business Growth Hub, having successfully led a range of multi-million-pound contracts and programmes in the public and private sectors.
Janine is adept at designing services that answer specific challenges within business. In 2017 she developed the Mentoring for Growth programme with the small business champions Be the Business. Initially run as an unfunded pilot across Manchester and Birmingham, Janine helped secure a two-year funded contract for the Growth Company to run the scheme nationally.
Janine has also been instrumental in managing the Hub’s involvement with the Manufacturing Growth Fund, which over the past six years has provided the engineering and manufacturing sectors in the North West with access to funding and specialist expertise.
She has also secured funding and delivered programmes such as Digital Cheshire, which offers SMEs the opportunity to bring a new level of digital connectivity to their operations, and Recipe for Success Lancashire, which has specifically helped connect the region’s food and drinks businesses with buyers.
Director of Relationships and Place
Colin heads up GC Business Growth Hub’s strategic engagement with public and private sector partners, ensuring the Hub remains embedded within the Greater Manchester social and economic landscape.
He leads on stakeholder engagement to ensure return on investment and to identify new service opportunities.
Colin’s 25-year background in financial services and business support has seen him develop a robust knowledge of the needs of small and medium businesses.
Following a successful decade running the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, Colin is well connected in business circles. Having also spent time working for a small charity, Colin also brings a knowledge of the needs of enterprises within the third sector.
Director of Operations
Catriona leads on strategic planning, performance and contract management for GC Business Growth Hub, leading the Operations team to deliver support services across the company including contract compliance, quality, procurement, project management, finance, management intelligence and standardisation. Catriona also manages funder relationships and ensures best value for money for our contracts and services.
Prior to moving to this position, Catriona has worked within various departments across the Growth Company, having first joined the company for a student placement in 1999.
Head of People, Skills and Talent
Dawn has been with the Business Growth Hub since September 2014 and is responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of the People, Skills & Talent Programme which include the Executive Development Programme, Workforce Development, Inclusive Growth, Mentoring, Skills for Growth – SME Support and the National Be the Business Mentoring for Growth Programme. Over the last 5 years the programmes have worked with circa 1800 businesses 2400 business leaders, assisted businesses with the creation of circa 700 jobs, safeguarding of 300 jobs and supported 1000 businesses to increase their GVA and turnover, Circa £33m. Dawn has been involved in the Be the Business Mentoring for Growth programme since its inception in November 2017 and manages the mentoring relationships of the 176 mentors and mentees which is set to increase to 1000 before the end of March 2020.
She currently manages a team of 70 working nationally on the above programmes. Businesses will be able to access this support and receive development on a diverse range of areas from 28 externally procured providers, mentors and specialist Business Growth Hub Advisors.
Dawn has over 25 years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating organisational development incorporating business strategy and skills development for businesses ranging from executive level to apprenticeships in line with national, regional and local policy. She previously worked at various managerial levels in the private and public sectors designing, delivering and implementing an extensive range of training and development solutions across organisations.
Dawn gained extensive experience as a business advisor working previously for Business Link North West as a Leadership, Management and Innovation Specialist and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as Employment and Skills Manager developing and delivering a wide range of services to private sector high growth clients.
Expertise and Skills
Dawn is skilled in understanding and interpreting the needs of businesses in relation to training and development. She has executive level coaching and mentoring expertise to work with businesses and project management expertise that ensures contracts delivers against both targets and funder’s broader expectations.
Dawn is a creative and pragmatic who can implement new programmes of delivery to meet the needs of the businesses and funding organisations. She has a strong track record in understanding business owners’ requirements and translating them into practical business support programmes.
She has a detailed understanding of the needs of local businesses in Greater Manchester and has developed and delivered a wide range of programmes to enable these businesses to achieve their growth potential.
Dawn has expertise in networking and partnership buy-in to new services and has a comprehensive understanding of business support policies and services.
Qualifications, Affiliations and Membership
Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
Ongoing Continuous Professional Development and Leadership Programmes
Head of Innovation
Yvonne is an experienced Business Development Manager, Project Manager and Innovation Specialist with a proven track record in developing, mobilising and managing high performing teams.
She has worked on numerous high growth innovative projects, helping to take hundreds of new products and services from concept through to commercialisation.
As well as working with blue chip businesses such as Unilever, Jaguar Land Rover and the Pera Group, Yvonne has over 25 years’ experience working with SMEs at board level in the pursuit of identifying and implementing business innovation opportunities that add value to the bottom line.
Throughout her career, Yvonne has garnered extensive experience in project and programme management for both the public and private sectors, including working with Lancaster University’s Management School Innovation Growth Programme.
Yvonne leads the Hub’s innovation team which has:
- Supported 2,600 Greater Manchester businesses creating 467 jobs
- Taken 132 new products to market and established 131 university collaborations
- Contributed to £5m+ in business sales increases
Head of Manufacturing and Resource Efficiency
Anne leads the Business Growth Hub’s Manufacturing and Resource Efficiency Services, with a passion for embedding sustainability and operational efficiency within businesses.
She is a highly experienced operational and programme manager, with over 18 years’ experience leading programmes at The Manufacturing Institute prior to joining the Business Growth Hub in 2016.
Anne has an MSc in Management and is highly knowledgeable in providing tailored support to SMEs from shop floor to board room to achieve operational excellence and deliver business impacts. Anne has significant experience of working with the public, private and academic sectors.
Head of Start-Up and Growth
Hilary is a skilled and experienced manager with an extensive background in Business Support for start-up and scale-up businesses. Throughout her working career, Hilary has been passionate about effective change management, displaying a flair for innovative support solutions for businesses, as well as a strong aptitude for PR & marketing.
Hilary’s relentless work ethic is best exemplified in the rapid development and roll-out of several high-level business support projects, including: Recipe4Success, Spark2Scale and most recently EnterprisingYou, a ground-breaking, £8m pilot project providing specialist support to self-employed people and those in hard to reach sectors such as the GiG economy.
A business graduate, Hilary started her career in the manufacturing and IT sectors. After years developing her knowledge bank, Hilary then began to focus on helping others, and has now spent over 20 years working in the Business and Startup support arena covering a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, finance, professional services, construction and biomedical.
Head of Digital, Creative and Technology
Sarah is passionate about bringing effective business growth strategies to the community behind Greater Manchester’s digital, creative and technology sector.
With almost a decade of experience in growing teams and businesses, Sarah strives to bring improvement by connecting creative minds and establishing environments which accelerate growth.
Sarah brings an international perspective and is well known for her straight to the point way of approaching business support. She has worked with teams in blue chips, scale ups and start ups, and prides herself in bringing learnings around strategy, sales, innovation, pricing and productisation into an ambition to interlink and align industry needs with the Greater Manchester sector support offering.
Head of Access to Finance
Philip has worked in the commercial and corporate finance arena for over 40 years and for the last 7 years he has been responsible for the Hub’s Access to Finance Team, supporting SME businesses across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
Working closely with partners in the business and professional communities, Philip and his team are passionate about supporting local SMEs who are looking to grow.
“Fundraising in the current marketplace is often complex and confusing, requiring time and specialist understanding of all available options. Putting the right finance in place, at the right time, can mean the difference between success and failure.”